By Josh Brown
TROY — With the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division’s outright championship wrapped up after Tuesday’s win, the Troy tennis team is turning to the next thing.
The Trojans have to — before the GWOC Tournament even happens, the sectional tournament draw is this weekend.
In the midst of all that, though, the Trojans took on visiting Lebanon (6-7) Wednesday at Troy High School, edging out the Warriors 3-2 in preparation for next week’s GWOC Tournament in Centerville.
“The tournament is going to be tough,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “The top six teams going to the golf flight tournament in Centerville will be Springboro, Miamisburg, Northmont, Beavercreek, Centerville and us. We’ve played each of those teams except Beavercreek already, and we know what to expect. There’s really no secrets.”
Hannah Essick picked up an easy win at first singles against Lebanon Tuesday, winning 6-0, 6-1. At second singles, Maggie Hennessy also won handily, 6-1, 6-0, and Zoey Scancarello and Sierra Verstraten closed out the match with a win in two tough sets at first doubles, 7-5, 7-5.
At third singles, Ashley Bruns lost 7-6, 6-1. And at second doubles, Meredith Pruitt and Katie Sherrick lost in three, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
And with the sectional draw being held this Sunday, the Trojans also have to think a step ahead about their sectional lineup.
“We’re going to have Hannah (Essick) play singles,” Goldner said of Essick, who has won two sectional doubles titles playing with Hennessy. “Hannah’s worked hard, she worked hard all winter and played in a lot of tournaments. She should be seeded No. 2 behind Northmont’s Parker. I’d never hold anyone back. She deserves to play.
“We may still double up our second and third singles, have Maggie and Ashley (Bruns) play doubles together. We’ll do some work this week and make that decision — but we’ve got to make a quick decision about that with the draw on Sunday.”
Troy (13-5) faces Celina Saturday.
Eaton 4, M-U 1
EATON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs dropped a Southwestern Buckeye League crossover matchup Tuesday at Eaton, falling 4-1.
Abby Hissong picked up the Bulldogs’ win at second singles, 6-2, 6-1. At first singles, Ashley Wombold lost 6-4, 6-3. At third singles, Rachel Rock lost 6-2, 6-1. At first doubles, Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman lost 6-2, 6-3. At second doubles, Mercedes Farmer and Kaitlyn Antonides lost 6-3, 6-1.
St. Marys 3, Lehman 2
ST. MARYS — Lehman saw its two-game winning streak come to an end in a narrow defeat at the hands of St. Marys Tuesday, 3-2.
At first doubles, Diana and Sarah Gibson won 7-6, 7-6. At second doubles, Emma Simpson and Alex Read won 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. At first singles, Melanie Brunner lost 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Alison Briggs lost 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Ann Pennaparra lost 6-0, 6-0.
“St. Marys won the Schroeder Invitational earlier this season, so it was a good effort by my girls,” Lehman coach Tim Ungericht said. “Both my doubles teams beat teams that won their divisions at that tournament. I switched things up to get girls some work at positions they might play come (sectional) tournament time.”
* Boys Soccer
Troy 4, Greenville 1
GREENVILLE — Greenville’s boys soccer team is improved from its two-win season last year.
Troy has also improved, though, and has been playing like one of the top teams in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. Tuesday night, the Trojans defeated the Green Wave 4-1 on the road in the GWOC North Division opener for both teams, taking control early and then putting it away late.
Jake Diffenderfer Gabbard scored a pair of first-half goals, one assisted by Spencer Covault and the other by Peyton Hampton, to give the Trojans (6-1, 1-0 GWOC North) a two-goal lead at the break. Fourteen minutes into the second half, though, the Wave (3-5, 0-1 GWOC North) cut that lead to 2-1.
Midway through the second half, Ben Schreiber put in an insurance goal for the Trojans, and Grant Holland iced the game with a score with 15 minutes left. Alex Williams made seven saves in goal to preserve the win.
Troy returns home Saturday night to host Centerville in another tough GWOC crossover test.
ME 1, Newton 0
PLEASANT HILL — The Cross County Conference battle between Miami East and Newton came down to two penalty kicks.
And Miami East’s Devyn Carson converted with 38:20 left in the second half, scoring the only goal of the night, and Viking goalie Ethan Remy made a save on a Newton attempt midway through the second half as the Vikings held off the Indians for a 1-0 victory at Newton.
Remy had 15 saves on the night, including the big stop on the penalty kick.
“It was another tough battle between two talented teams,” Miami East coach Adam Bell said. “Carson hit a PK early in the second, and we were able to sit back a bit and make them come to us. Fortunately, Remy saved a PK midway through the second, and from that point on we caught a spark and were able to hold them off.”
Bethel 2, Lehman 1
SIDNEY — Bethel executed its gameplan in the first half Tuesday at Lehman, building a two-goal lead, and while the Cavaliers fought back in the second half, the Bees were able to hold on for a 2-1 victory.
Collin Rust had assists on both goals by Bethel (5-1-1), the first by Tyler Brueckman and the second by Zach Cohee, to make it 2-0 in the second half. But Lehman (1-5) fought back, with Trey Kerrigan scoring a goal to close the gap with six minutes left — but the Bees were able to make the lead stand up.
“I felt this was a good match tonight,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “Coming in, we wanted to establish possession and let that build up some attacks, and I thought we did a very good job of that in the first half. But to Lehman’s credit, they never gave up and kept bringing numbers forward. Although we did not put the ball into the net as much as I would have liked, we did play fairly well against a decent Lehman team that is better than its record indicates.”
TC 5, MV 2
TROY — Jon Slone and Andrew Strait each scored a pair of goals Tuesday, leading the Troy Christian Eagles to a convincing 5-2 victory over Metro Buckeye Conference foe Miami Valley at Eagle Stadium.
Jared Trimbach added a goal and two assists, James Bryant, Tristan Miller and Brendan Pohle each had an assist and Jackson Kremer was solid in goal to complete the win.
Troy Christian hosts Yellow Springs Thursday in a big MBC matchup.
* Girls Soccer
ME 5, Newton 1
PLEASANT HILL — Miami East’s girls soccer team took care of business in Cross County Conference play Tuesday, defeating Newton on the road 5-1.
After 33 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Vikings (5-3, 2-0 CCC) ran off three goals in a 4:30 span. Danielle Mannier scored on a direct kick to start the scoring, Sage Hunley sent a long pass over the defense that Grace McCaliser finished off then Emily Holicki made it 3-0 at the break with an assist from Morgan Haney. Haney then set up Holicki for a breakaway goal to start the second half, and Haley Demmitt scored on a cross by Mannierfor the Vikings’ fifth goal. Katie Bodenmiller made three saves in net for Miami East.
“This is a good win for us,” Miami East coach Emalie Carson said. “We spread the scoring around and got a lot of girls involved.”
M-U 2, Carlisle 2
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union had a semi-setback in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play Tuesday night, battling to a 2-2 draw at home against Carlisle.
The Bulldogs (6-1-1, 2-0-1 SWBL Buckeye) fell behind 1-0 before Josie Berberich scored on an assist from Danielle McFarland to even the score. Carlisle (4-2-3, 0-2-2 SWBL Buckeye) took the lead again, though, but McFarland scored on an assist from Karissa Baird to preserve the draw and keep the Bulldogs unbeaten in division play.
ME 3, FM 0
PITSBURG — The Miami East volleyball team continued to roll through Cross County Conference play Tuesday, sweeping Franklin Monroe 3-0 on the road, 25-18, 25-18, 25-10.
Jonni Parker led the Vikings with 14 kills, 13 aces and 14 assists, Kyndall Hellyer added 11 kills and Lindsey Black had 15 digs.
M-U 3, Carlisle 0
WEST MILTON — After Monday’s loss to Valley View, Milton-Union bounced back Tuesday night with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Carlisle, winning 25-16, 25-12, 25-21.
Michaela Fullmer had nine kills and 13 digs and Anna Willson had eight kills and 11 digs to lead the Bulldogs (6-3, 4-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division).
“We had some issues from the service line, serving about 80 percent and giving the Indians plenty of opportunities to stay in the match,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “We try to figure out what each match requires to win, and in this one we needed consistency. We didn’t get that from the service line, but we had enough horses to get the win.”
Milton-Union travels to Dixie Thursday looking to remain unbeaten in division play.
Tipp 3, NW 1
TIPP CITY — After winning the first two games and losing a tight third game thanks to hitting errors, the Tippecanoe Red Devils closed out a victory in four over visiting Northwestern Tuesday, winning 25-18, 25-13, 25-27, 25-15.
Alyssa Crusey had 16 kills, three blocks and three aces to lead Tippecanoe. Taylor Prall added 11 kills, three blocks and three aces, Aubrey Cox had 10 kills and four blocks, Kara Trimbach had 38 assists, Jordan McMahan had eight digs and Taylor Waltemathe had six digs.
Tippecanoe (5-3) hosts Kenton Ridge Thursday.
Covington 3, MV 2
UNION CITY — Covington may have brought home a five-game Cross County Conference victory from its road trip to Mississinawa Valley Tuesday — fighting all the way back from two games down to win 20-25, 16-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-9 — but coach Lonnie Cain and the Buccaneers know it shouldn’t have been that hard a battle.
“I am not happy with this win, and I know the girls are not happy with this win … but a win is a win,” Cain said. “We regressed with our hitting and committed 29 errors. I am not sure what was the cause of our lack of focus, but I do know that we will need to improve on our mental toughness if we want to compete with the remaining teams on our schedule.”
Brooke Gostomsky led the Buccs (3-6, 3-1 CCC) with 11 kills, five aces, 16 digs and two blocks, while Rachel York added 10 kills, four aces and 17 digs. Bre Dieperink had four kills, four aces, nine assists, seven digs and two blocks, Legend Patty had five kills, two digs and two blocks, Breanna Kimmel had three kills and two blocks, Arianna Richards had 20 assists and seven digs and Ashley Cecil had 16 digs.
Covington hosts Franklin Monroe Thursday.
Newton 3, Bethel 1
BRANDT — The Bethel Bees were defeated in four by visiting Newton Tuesday in Cross County Conference play, losing 25-13, 25-17, 17-25, 25-6.
Tia Koewler led the Bees (4-6) with 11 kills and 15 digs, Sarah Swisher had four kills and Kaitlyn Parker had 17 assists.
* Girls Golf
ME 195, Covington 225
ST. PARIS — Miami East’s girls golf team posted two scores in the 40s Tuesday at Lakeland Golf Course, holding off the visiting Covington Buccaneers 195-225 in Cross County Conference play.
Kiera Fellers was medalist for the Vikings with a 42, Megan Pettit shot 44, Megan Thompson shot 54, Haley Howard shot 55 and Maggie Bergman and Alyssa Theodor shot 59s.
Addison Metz led Covington with a 51, Kelsey McReynolds shot 52, Sydney Blanton shot 60, Noelle Gast shot 65, Megan Alexander shot 69 and Emily Thompson shot 73.
* Boys Golf
Bethel 160, TCN 173
BRANDT — The Bethel boys golf team closed out the regular season with a 160-173 victory over visiting Tri-County North Tuesday at Cliffside Golf Course.
Tyler Weinert and Nick Lightcap shot matching 38s to lead the Bees (9-3, 8-3 Cross County Conference), Tyler Brookhart shot 40, Connor Hockett shot 44, Christian White shot 47 and Devon Truman shot 51.
Bethel competes in the CC
C Tournament Thursday in Versailles.
Covington 170, NT 190
PIQUA — The Covington Buccaneers posted four of the top five scores Tuesday at Echo Hills, cruising to a 170-190 victory over Nationa Trail in Cross County Conference play.
Levi Winn was medalist with a 34 for Covington, Andrew Slusher added a 41, Ryan Gengler shot 47, James Grilliot shot 48, Braden Miller shot 52 and Hunter Alexander shot 61.
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